Resources

The Los Altos Mountain View PTA Council provides these website links for information and education purposes only.

HEALTH & PARENTING

Heard Alliance

The resources included here have been created or compiled by the HEARD Alliance and many of them are relevant for adults as well as teens and children.  All tools included here may be used free of charge and without copyright restriction. Tools posted here that were created by the American Academy of Pediatrics are available by special permission for all website users.

Website: Heard Alliance

Community Health Awareness Council

CHAC is a nonprofit mental health services agency located in Mountain View, California offering counseling, therapy, support groups, classes, and psychoeducational programs to local children, adults, and families. Website

El Camino Hospital

El Camino Hospital offers state-of-the-art technology and highly skilled staff dedicated to your comfort and well-being. Website

  • El Camino Programs & Services For further information or for a free physician referral, the El Camino Hospital Health Line is available to answer your questions from 5:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Pacific Time, Monday through Friday at 800-216-5556.
  • ASPIRE The After-School Program Interventions and Resiliency Education (ASPIRE program) at El Camino Hospital is designed to provide meaningful and effective treatment for teenage youth who are experiencing anxiety, depression, or other symptoms related to a mental health condition.

The Children’s Health Council

Our mission is to help children thrive by promoting Social Emotional Learning, Academics, Executive Functioning and Physical Development. Website

  • Parent Education Classes are graciously underwritten by the TOSA Foundation which makes it possible to provide this outstanding service free of charge to the community.

Hand in Hand Parenting

Our mission is to support parents and provide them with the insights and skills they need to listen to and connect with their children in a way that allows each child to thrive. Website

Stanford Children’s Health & Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital

Stanford Children’s Health is the largest Bay Area healthcare provider with an exclusive focus on children and expectant women. We understand the unique needs of these very special patients and customize every part of our extraordinary care for them. From our #1-rated children’s hospital at Stanford, to our specialty service locations, hospital partnerships and physician offices throughout the bay, one of our 1,000+ Stanford Doctors is likely near you and your family. Website

Parents Helping Parents

PHP increases the quality of life for our most vulnerable by providing services, resources and support for children with special needs, their families, and caregivers. Website

Parents Place of the Peninsula

We provide parent coaching and consultations, parent workshops, parent/child activity groups and ongoing seminars for busy families of children, birth through the teen years.  Website

Kara Grief Support

Kara’s mission is to provide grief support for children, teens, families and adults. Our vision is to see people of all ages compassionately supported on their journey through grief so they can move toward renewed hope and meaning. Our clients include those who are grieving a death as well as those coping with a terminal illness (their own or another’s). Website

Family & Children Services of Silicon Valley
Since 1948, Family & Children Services of Silicon Valley has been improving the lives of children, teens, and adults in our community through emotional and mental health services. We counsel teens at risk of suicide, prepare foster youth for success, assist veterans and their families, and help families heal from violence, abuse, and addiction. Family and Children Services of Santa Clara County. Website

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Since its inception, the Lifeline has engaged in a variety of initiatives to improve crisis services and advance suicide prevention. Website

YWCA of Silicon Valley

The mission of the YWCA of Silicon Valley has remained steadfast: to empower women, children, and their families, and to eliminate racism, hatred, and prejudice. We continue to provide a broad range of services that transform the lives of a diverse community… Website

MEDIA

Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media is dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in a world of media and technology. Website

Digital TAT2
Our mission at My Digital TAT2 is to help educators, parents, and students work together to create a community of kindness and respect both on and offline. Our goal is to help students see the power and responsibility associated with living out loud in the digital world while empowering them to be 21st century learners who are ethical and responsible producers and consumers of digital media. Website

EDUCATION & ADVOCACY

California Healthy Kids Survey
The California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS) is the largest statewide survey of resiliency, protective factors, and risk behaviors in the nation. Website

CASEL
Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) is the nation’s leading organization advancing the development of academic, social and emotional competence for all students. Our mission is to help make evidence-based social and emotional learning an integral part of education from preschool through high school. Through research, practice and policy, CASEL collaborates to ensure all students become knowledgeable, responsible, caring and contributing members of society. Website

Center for the Study of Social Policy

CSSP has worked with policymakers and communities across the country to improve the lives of the most vulnerable children and families. Website

Center for Developing Minds

The Center for Developing Minds, created by Damon Korb, M.D., is a specialty clinic in the Silicon Valley devoted to developmental and behavioral pediatrics. The Center for Developing Minds provides care for children and young adults who struggle at home and school due to: Behavior issues, Learning difficulties, Attention problems, Social skill deficits, Autism spectrum disorders, Developmental delays, Psychological disorders. Website

Child Mind Institute

The Child Mind Institute is dedicated to transforming mental health care for children everywhere. Founded by Dr. Harold S. Koplewicz and Brooke Garber Neidich, our organization is committed to finding more effective treatments for childhood psychiatric and learning disorders, building the science of healthy brain development, and empowering children and their families with help, hope, and answers. The Child Mind Institute does not accept funding from the pharmaceutical industry. Website

4Cs –  Community Child Care Council of Santa Clara County

4Cs is a non-profit, community-based agency that provides a variety of comprehensive services and serves as the community child care link for families and child care professionals who live and work in Santa Clara County, California. Website

KidsData

Find data about the health and well being of children in communities across CaliforniaWebsite

National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments

The National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments (NCSSLE) is funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Healthy Students to help address such issues. Website

Office of Adolescent Health 

The Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) is dedicated to improving the health and well being of adolescents to enable them to become healthy, productive adults. Website

Project Cornerstone

Project Cornerstone is committed to helping all children and teens in Silicon Valley feel valued, respected and known. Our programs and services help individuals and communities build a web of support around young people so that they grow into healthy, caring and responsible adults. Website

Santa Clara County Office of Education

Search Institute

Relationships are too important to leave to chance. Search Institute’s newest research-to-practice initiative focuses on studying and strengthening the developmental relationships that help young people succeed. Website

BICYCLE SAFETY

PERFORMING ARTS

Peninsula Youth Theatre

Providing outstanding theatrical learning experiences that develop leadership, emphasize responsibility and foster teamwork in a supportive, respectful environment. Website

Community School of Music and Art

Community School of Music and Arts enhances the quality of life in our region by engaging our diverse community in high-quality arts education, performances and exhibitions. Website

CLASSES & CAMPS

MVLA Adult Education: Website

City of Mountain View RecreationWebsite

City of Los Altos RecreationWebsite

DeAnza College Extended Year Summer EnrichmentWebsite 

Foothill College High School ProgramWebsite

Camp Erin is a free, weekend grief camp designed for children ages 6-17 who have experienced the death of a family member or friend. Our 2 days and 2 nights at camp are filled with traditional fun camp activities combined with grief education and emotional support—facilitated by grief professionals and trained volunteers. Website

The Girls Leadership Institute (GLI) inspires girls to be true to themselves. We teach the practices of emotional intelligence, assertive self-expression and healthy relationships, giving girls the skills and confidence to live as leaders. Website

Youth Community Service Learning Opportunities

City of Mountain View – Youth Advisory Council

The City of Mountain View Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) was formed to increase the level of civic engagement of youth and to provide the YAC with an opportunity to work directly with the Council Youth Services Committee. The YAC is comprised of middle school and high school students that represent Mountain View teens in local government and have the opportunity to advise adults concerning teen issues. The Committee consists of fifteen members and nine members-at-large. Website

City of Los Altos – Youth Commission

The Youth Commission advises the City Council on matters relating to teen and youth issues, including recreation interests, personal concerns, and the need for outreach services. Website

Community Services Agency (CSA)

For over 50 years, Community Services Agency has been providing vital social services for residents of Mountain View, Los Altos and Los Altos Hills. We understand that hardship can come at any time and knows no age limit. We provide a safety net so independence and self-sufficiency can be restored and maintained. Our clients may be a young, working poor family or an elderly person looking for companionship. Website

Second Harvest Food Bank

Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties involves hundreds of volunteers each week in all aspects of our operation. We welcome and appreciate your time, talent, and interest for the benefit of others in our community. We have individual and group volunteer opportunities for those who are 14 years of age or older. Website

Youth Community Service (YCS)

By developing service and leadership opportunities for young people and service learning support for teachers, YCS promotes the ethic of service, fosters youth leadership, builds community, and enhances education in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties in the Bay Area. Website